The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that this year the Bharat Ratna should be conferred upon “Indian Doctors” for their relentless service during the Covid-19 Pandemic. He said that by “Indian Doctors”, he meant the entire medical fraternity, including all doctors, nurses and paramedics.
He said that a number of medical workers lost their lives because of the pandemic and Bharat Ratna would be a true tribute to them.
“Lakhs of doctors and nurses served the people selflessly without caring about their lives and families. What better way to honor them and say thank you? If the rules do not allow Bharat Ratna to be given to any group, then I request you to change the rules. Today the whole country is grateful to its doctors. Conferring them with Bharat Ratna would make every Indian happy,” the Delhi CM said in the letter.
Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award. The last time Bharat Ratna was conferred in the year 2019 on former President Pranab Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh, and singer Bhupendra Kumar Hazarika in 2019.
Indian Medical Association has reported that as many as 730 doctors have lost their lives to Covis-19 during the second wave. Bihar saw the maximum number of 115 deaths, followed by Delhi at 109, and Uttar Pradesh at 79.
Earlier the Delhi government announced an ex gratia of Rupees 1 crore to be given to the families of frontline workers and said that it isn’t compensation rather a token of respect for their services.